Kabul reels after deadly truck bombing
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 02, 2017,
Jun 02, 2017, 0:49
A spokesman for the Taliban, whose forces are responsible for most of the intensifying violence across Afghanistan, said it was not behind the attack.
A massive suicide truck bombing rocked a highly secured diplomatic area of Kabul, killing 90 people and wounding as many as 400.
In scale, it was one of the worst such attacks since the US-led campaign to oust the Taliban in 2001.
The Taliban on Wednesday denied any involvement in the auto bomb explosion in the Afghan capital that left at least 80 dead and more than 300 wounded and condemned the attack on the civilian population.
Afghans pray during the funeral of a victim who died in Wednesday's massive bombing, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 1, 2017.
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"In light of the findings of security services and calls by the Afghan nation, the ACB hereby cancel all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board", the statement added. He suggested that the German embassy might not have been the target of the blast.
Afghanistan Interior Ministry spokesperson Sediq Siddiqui said, "We have nailed Pakistan's ISI role (in Kabul blast)".
An Afghan health official says the rush-hour suicide vehicle bombing in Kabul has killed at least nine people and wounded as many as 90. Yarmand said there doesn't appear to be much desire to negotiate on the part of the Taliban leadership or its rank and file.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is now on a four-nation trip to Europe, took to Twitter to condemn the attack that rocked Kabul Wednesday morning.
The Afghan spy agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) said early findings showed the Haqqani network with the assistance of the Pakistan's intelligence agency carried out the attack.
Pakistani officials have rejected the accusations and Taliban officials have said they had no hand in the blast.
The Foreign Office has said that Pakistan will inform the world about efforts being made by the country to ensure peace and bring stability in Afghanistan.
The U.S. State Department tells NPR's Michele Kelemen that 11 U.S. contractors are among the wounded, and that the injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The explosion occurred near the German embassy at one of the entrances to Kabul's unofficial Green Zone, a haphazard warren of concrete blast walls and sandbagged check points that has grown up around the diplomatic quarter over the years as the insurgency has intensified.